(Source: ESPN.com) – Let’s be very clear, the slightly complicated low-impact deal Friday involving the Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens would have slipped by with only the slightest arching of eyebrows were it not for the fact the deals included the captain of the Pacific Division All-Star team, John Scott… Scott was sent down to the AHL by the Habs after the trade and might not called get back up, and if he’s not recalled by the Habs, he won’t be eligible for the All-Star Game.
Oh, well would you take a look at the NHL? Just look at ’em. They previously asked Arizona Coyote enforcer John Scott to not accept the All-Star game invite. He said no. The Coyotes brass asked him to decline the invite. He said no. So what’s the only thing left to do? Trade him and let another team bury him in the AHL so he isn’t eligible for the All-Star game.
Talk about taking your ball and going home.
This is straight out of the Roger Goodell playbook. “Oh, we didn’t get what we want? What about the integrity of the game?! Well, we’re going to stop this no matter what logic applies or what the fans wanted”. Let’s just make it up as we go.
Look, I get that a lot of people thought John Scott being voted to the All-Star game was absurd. Statistically speaking, it is. He’s lucky to even be in the NHL, and you have every right to feel that way. But to be honest, what are we talking about here? An exhibition game? The NHL actually thinks this game does something for the league? John Scott needs to be there and needs to play. I, like most people, could care less about All-Star weekend. I don’t care who goes or who plays, I don’t watch it. I don’t even know who played, who won, or what the teams were called last year. Hey NHL, you know how you do All-Star weekend? Take the weekend off, rent out some ridiculous all-inclusive Caribbean destination, invite the 60 best NHL-ers, cut them each a check for 100k and go nuts. That’s it. No “game”, no rosters, no vote. It seems the vote doesn’t matter anyway.
It would take John Scott being in the All-Star Game for me to pay attention. I’d love to see it. And if you haven’t got a chance to see any off-ice footage of John Scott, he’s a riot. He’s a super funny, entertaining, and cool dude. It would be great for him to be involved. And guess what? This is the first time since I can remember that the All-Star Game has gotten any legitimate national buzz generated for it.
It’ll be interesting to see what’s next for the NHL. But they look really dumb if he isn’t at the All-Star Game based of the way they set up the fan vote, the interest it drew, and now acting like it didn’t happen.
Are they going to start keeping Erik Karlsson from winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman because people keep voting for him even though he hardly plays any defense when he’s on the ice?